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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: June 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1968 Stage and screen actress Dorothy Gish dies today in Rapallo, Italy. Her first New York stage appearance was in 1903 in East Lynne. She began her film career in 1912, but resumed her sta…

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 29 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1951 Performer Fanny Brice dies today in Hollywood at age 60. She started in showbiz by winning a series of amateur nights at vaudeville theatres in Brooklyn, then graduated to Burlesque as …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 27 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1848 English actress Ellen Terry is born today. She will make her American debut in 1883 with Henry Irving's company. She will go on to star in classic and contemporary works. The Terry fami…

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Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 28 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1894 Birthday of playwright Ben Hecht (1894-1964) , author or co-author of The Front Page, Twentieth Century, Jumbo, The Egoist and The Great Magoo.

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Today In Theatre History: MARCH 11 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Edward Franklin Albee, vaudeville producer and theatre owner, dies today in Palm Beach, Florida. He joined B.F. Keith in the presentation of variety shows and by 1920 had a vaudeville c…

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: May 14 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1931 Playwright, producer David Belasco dies today in New York City. He began his theatrical life as a child actor in California and started writing plays in his twenties. He adapted the Joh…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 12 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1905 Theatrical producer Sam S. Shubert dies today in a train accident. His brothers Lee and J.J. will honor him by naming many of the theaters they are to build after him, including their f…

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 3 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1919 Birthday of Betty Comden, Broadway lyricist and librettist, mainly in collaboration with Adolph Green. Her works include On the Town, Wonderful Town, Peter Pan, On the Twentieth Century…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 19 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1946 Actor Tim Curry is born in Cheshire, England. He will create memorable Broadway roles including Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Mozart in Amadeus, Dada artist Tristan Tzara in…

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 16 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1906 John Philip Sousa supplies the music for The Free Lance. Herbert Gresham stage this 35 performance run at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 9 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1926 Actor-manager Henry Miller, 66, dies today in New York. He acted opposite many of the leading ladies of the time, including Helena Modjeska. As a leading man with the Empire Stock C…

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 5 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1906 Britain's first actor-M.P., A.E.W. Mason, delivers his first speech. The theatre community sees this as a victory, hoping it will have an advocate in the House of Commons.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1921 Sarah Bernhardt, who recently had one leg amputated, comes to London to play the title role in Louis Verneuil's Daniel at the Prince's Theatre. When she found a wooden leg unwie…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: April 1 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1918 Actor-manager Henry Miller opens his theatre in New York City. It's designed to seat 1,000 spectators and capable of handling the latest staging innovations. In 1998 the theatre…

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: March 29 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1950 Joshua Logan transports the action of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard to 19th century Louisiana for his adaptation, The Wisteria Trees. It will run 165 performances at the Martin…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 11 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Edward Franklin Albee, vaudeville producer and theatre owner, dies today in Palm Beach, Florida. He joined B.F. Keith in the presentation of variety shows and by 1920 had a vaudeville c…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 5 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1908 Actor Rex Harrison is born today. He will make his London debut in Florence Kilpatrick's Getting George Married. He will star in the London production of Noël Coward's Design f…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1922 Eugene O'Neill's drama The First Man describes the strange tale of a scientist who curses the unborn child in his wife's womb. The wife dies in childbirth and the child thr…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 3 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Bert Lahr is a Flying High mechanic who breaks an aeronautical record because he doesn't know how to land the plane. The writing team of Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson p…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 28 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1894 Birthday of playwright Ben Hecht (1894-1964) , author or co-author of The Front Page, Twentieth Century, Jumbo, The Egoist and The Great Magoo.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

PLAYBILL VAULT’S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 27 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez

1848 English actress Ellen Terry is born today. She will make her American debut in 1883 with Henry Irving's company. She will go on to star in classic and contemporary works. The Terry …

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Monday, April 1, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 1 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1918 Actor-manager Henry Miller opens his theatre in New York City. It's designed to seat 1,000 spectators and capable of handling the latest staging innovations. In 1998 the theatre is …

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Monday, March 11, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 11 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Edward Franklin Albee, vaudeville producer and theatre owner, dies today in Palm Beach, Florida. He joined B.F. Keith in the presentation of variety shows and by 1920 had a vaudeville c…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 5 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1908 Actor Rex Harrison is born today. He will make his London debut in Florence Kilpatrick's Getting George Married. He will star in the London production of Noël Coward's Design f…

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Monday, March 4, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1922 Eugene O'Neill's drama The First Man describes the strange tale of a scientist who curses the unborn child in his wife's womb. The wife dies in childbirth and the child thrives.…

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: MARCH 3 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1930 Bert Lahr is a Flying High mechanic who breaks an aeronautical record because he doesn't know how to land the plane. The writing team of Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson p…

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: FEBRUARY 28 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1894 Birthday of playwright Ben Hecht (1894-1964) , author or co-author of The Front Page, Twentieth Century, Jumbo, The Egoist and The Great Magoo.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: JUNE 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1968 Stage and screen actress Dorothy Gish dies today in Rapallo, Italy. Her first New York stage appearance was in 1903 in East Lynne. She began her film career in 1912, but resumed her sta…

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 19 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1946 Actor Tim Curry is born in Cheshire, England. He will create memorable Broadway roles including Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Mozart in Amadeus, Dada artist Tristan Tzara in…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1921 Sarah Bernhardt, who recently had one leg amputated, comes to London to play the title role in Louis Verneuil's Daniel at the Prince's Theatre. When she found a wooden leg unwie…

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Today In Theatre History: MARCH 4 by David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley, Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas

1922 Eugene O'Neill's drama The First Man describes the strange tale of a scientist who curses the unborn child in his wife's womb. The wife dies in childbirth and the child thri…

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